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Steve Kerr Bio

STEVE KERR
President of Basketball Operations, General Manager

Five-time NBA champion and 15-year NBA veteran of the hardwood Steve Kerr enters his second season as the Suns’ President of Basketball Operations and General Manager after being named to the post on June 6, 2007. Kerr had spent the previous four years as a color commentator for TNT and a columnist for Yahoo! Sports following his retirement as a player in 2003.

Kerr's NBA career has come full circle after entering the league as a second round selection by the Suns (50th overall) in 1988. He spent one season with Phoenix before being traded to Cleveland in 1989, and eventually played for six teams during his 15-year tenure (Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando, Chicago, San Antonio and Portland). He was a part of NBA championship teams in Chicago in 1996, 1997 and 1998, and then won two more rings with the Spurs in 1999 and 2003. His game-winning jump shot in Game 6 of the 1997 Finals clinched the title for the Bulls.

Kerr spent most of his career as a reserve, but played key roles as an outside shooter. He holds the NBA record for career three-point percentage (45.4%, 726-of-1599) and the single-season record for three-point accuracy, hitting 52.4 percent (89-of-170) of his attempts during the 1994-95 campaign with the Bulls. He is the only non-Boston Celtic to win four-straight NBA titles and just the second player in NBA history to win two championships with two different teams in consecutive seasons, joining Frank Saul of the 1950-51 Rochester Royals and the 1951-52 Minneapolis Lakers.

The 43-year-old was born in Beirut, Lebanon, but grew up in Pacific Palisades, Calif. His late father Malcolm was a political science professor at UCLA for 20 years. The younger Kerr served as a ballboy for the Bruins during the 1978 and 1979 seasons and lists John Wooden as one of the most influential basketball figures in his life.

Kerr played his college ball at the University of Arizona, where he helped lead the Wildcats and coach Lute Olson to their first Final Four appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1988. Kerr was an All-Pac 10 guard in both 1986 and 1988, and he remains the school's career leader in three-point field goal percentage (57.3 percent). He was also a member of the USA Basketball team that captured the 1986 World Championships in Madrid. That team was the last American Men's Senior Team composed strictly of amateur players to capture a gold medal.

Kerr earned a degree in general studies from Arizona with an emphasis in history, sociology and English in 1988. He also serves on the board of directors for Peace Players International, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that uses basketball as a means to bridge cultural gaps in areas of political, racial and religious conflict. PPI sets up basketball camps and clinics for young people and is operating in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Israel and the West Bank. Kerr and his wife Margot have three children: Nicholas, Madeleine and Matthew.